Archive for April, 2013

 International Guest Speakers

Dr Xymena Kurowska – Central European University, Budapest


Xymena Kurowska is an IR theorist interested in interpretive policy analysis. She earned her doctoral degree from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Her research and writing concentrate on interdisciplinary approaches to security and international state-building, with the focus on EU’s security and border policies in EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood. She was a fellow of the European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Programme, conducting fieldwork research on border reform in Ukraine. She is the CEU principal investigator for “Global Norm Evolution and Responsibility to Protect”, a collaborative grant awarded to a consortium led by the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin and encompassing institutions in Europe (CEU, Oxford University, the University of Frankfurt), Asia (Peking National University, J. Nehru University), and Latin America (Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil). Xymena has co-edited two books on European security and her work has appeared in numerous edited collections as well as leading IR Journals including Security Dialogue.

Dr Japhy Wilson – University of Manchester


Japhy Wilson completed his PhD in 2009 at the University of Manchester, where he subsequently worked as a Lecturer in International Politics until 2011. He is currently a Hallsworth Research Fellow in Human Geography, also at Manchester. His research explores the relationship between space, power and ideology in the global political economy, with a particular focus on the politics of social engineering. His PhD thesis and initial publications address the

contested production of space in southern Mexico. His current research concerns philanthrocapitalism and the politics of development in sub- Saharan Africa. Theoretically, he draws on historical materialism and the psychoanalytic critique of ideology, in order to critically engage with the power relations though which social space is imagined, produced, and transformed. Japhy is the co-editor of a forthcoming book on Spaces of Depoliticisation and Spectres of Radical Politics and his work has appeared in several edited collections as well as in leading political geography journals including Antipode and Society and Space.

Xymena Kurowska and Japhy Wilson will be presenting papers on the Keynote Panel at the 2nd Prague Security Conference
Saturday 04 May (1300 – 1430)

  • –  Xymena Kurowska & Benjamin Tallis – ‘Chiasmatic Crossings: Reflexive Research Encounters in Central & Eastern Europe’
  • –  Japhy Wilson – ‘Sabotaging Development: The Researcher as Lacan’s Objet Petit a